Marcus Johansson has signed with BIK Karlskoga in the second-tier Swedish league Hockey Allsvenskan, according to the team’s website.
Johansson, who returned to Sweden in early October, is the sixth Capital to sign overseas since the lockout began back on Sept. 16. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are both playing for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, Brooks Laich is in Switzerland with the Kloten Flyers in Switzerland, Wojtek Wolski is in Poland with KH Sanok and Michal Neuvirth is in the Czech Republic with Sparta Praha. (Check out our full list of where the Caps are during the lockout.)
Washington Star Marcus Johansson has for some time been training with Färjestad, but now he’s ready for the game with BIK Karlskoga. Agreement is a so-called short-term contracts and Marcus practicing with the team for the first time in today’s warming. If the insurance issue has time to dissolve, so does Marcus already in tonight’s game against Troy / Ljungby.
22-year-old, who played in Malmo, Farjestad, Skåre, Hershey Bears and Washington Capitals are a skate skilled two-way center that is round in most ways. Fine hockey sense, good technique, aggressive in his game, working home and produce objective and above all assists. Has a good shot and epitomizes a team player. Welcome to BIK Karlskoga, Marcus!
Johansson spoke with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet about the signing and you can check out a translation by Malin Andersson over at Japers’ Rink. From that translation, come a few more details of Johansson’s contract with BIK Karlskoga as well:
Johansson is playing for free but the club will pay for his insurance. The insurance cost is $5,000 dollars per month according to BIK Karlskoga’s Club president, Torsten Yngvesson. The contract is for two weeks, but in theory it could last all season according to Johansson’s agent Gunnar Svensson.